City in Bankruptcy – CITOPIA goes Stockholm

CITIES Stockholm to host the closing film screening of three-day event on the theme "Who is the City?", followed with discussion (and DJ and drinks) November 16th, 2013 @ Och Designcentrum Stockholm

“The Motor City”– Detroit: an epicenter of the American middle class, where an industrial utopian past idealized the “American Dream.” That dream saw a definitive end the summer of 2013, when Detroit’s new distinctively dystopian feature was marked: bankrupt.

Detroit is seeking a new identity. Desperately, they need to find one to rise from major deterioration. Of course, they can not ‘find’ this new identity. It will come into being through an intricate web of formal and informal values and practices and be represented by the city’s ability to turn a deep-seated industrial past into a fully functioning urban habitat.

In the movie Detropia by Heidi Ewingand Rachel Grady, intriguing photography lays a beautiful backdrop to the stories from Detroit’s people. Through these images and their voices, we are able to gain a rich view into Detroit’s struggle for transformation.

Detroit is not alone in their efforts. Cities around the globe are engaging diverse efforts with diverse transformational goals. Moreover, these efforts are essential as cities grow and their social, spatial, political, economical and cultural landscapes continue demanding adaptation in an ever-evolving process. Under the theme “Who is the city?”, The Architecture and Design Center in Stockholm has arranged a three-day movie festival about location and identity exploring these issues.

CITIES Stockholm will host the closing event to this three-day festival with with a film screening of Detropia. Additionally, CITIES will moderate a discussion with an economist and an architect in search for answers to questions of how it is possible for a city to go bankrupt? What that means in a wider sense? And how do planners and architects work with strategies for shrinking cities? After the film and discussion, the bar will be open with DJ Hivistendahl, where enjoyable projection images will be displayed portraying Detroit today, alongside info graphics from the Strategic Development Plan pointing towards Detroit’s possible future. With a focus on Detroit, there are lessons to be learned for cities everywhere.

Welcome to an evening on Detroit!

16th November 2013

19.00-21.30 Film and panel discussion

21.30-00.00 Bar, Dj and projections

Created on 31 October 2013

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